Less than a week after he requested to be declared indigent, citing millions in debts, George Zimmerman swapped his public defender in his domestic violence case for a private attorney, his former lawyer confirmed.
Zimmerman was represented by the 18th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office during a court appearance on Tuesday, the day after his domestic violence arrest. He was granted $9,000 bail and bonded out that day.
However, Zimmerman has now elected to drop the Public Defender’s Office and hire a south Florida private criminal defense attorney, Jayne Weintraub, to represent him, said his former public defender, Jeff Dowdy.
Not being a lawyer, I can’t answer this, but I wonder how much of an impact recent events with Zimmerman could have in mounting a federal case against him. The original trial was such a monumental farce that it seems like the prosecution may have even been trying to lose. Zimmerman’s history of anger management problems (not to mention the run-ins with the law he had as a result), as well as his far fetched story about Trayvon “bashing” his head against concrete, yet still having the presence of mind to reach for his gun and shoot it, and then walk away from such an attack with mere scratches on the back of his head and no sign of a concussion whatsoever would seem to me to be sufficient cause to press charges.
But like I said, I’m not a lawyer, so what the hell do I know? Nonetheless, even if Holder can’t find a reason to mount a credible civil rights case against him, it does seem like karma is biting Zimmerman in the ass, as that very temper may actually take away his freedom, at least in some way. And if that happens, I think Trayvon Martin does get a measure of justice.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will soon announce a decision on whether to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
The death of the unarmed 17-year-old in Florida touched off a national debate about race.
The Washington Post reported Holder’s comments, which were confirmed by Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon.
Holder says the civil rights investigation into Martin’s death will be completed relatively soon and that the Justice Department will issue a report about its deliberations. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter.
The fact that there are a lot of people out there trying to make this guy a hero, says a lot.
In an attempt to outdo Sean Hannity’s efforts to turn George Zimmerman into a hero, WorldNetDaily’s Jack Cashill is now writing a book that paints the killer as a conservative idol.
George Zimmerman was charged with assault Monday after his girlfriend called deputies to the home where they were living and claimed he pointed a shotgun at her during an argument, authorities said.
The girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, called 911 in the early afternoon to say that Zimmerman had smashed a glass table, threatened her with the shotgun and ultimately pushed her out of the house, according to an arrest report. After pushing her out, Zimmerman barricaded the door with furniture and refused to leave, saying that he would talk to police by phone, authorities said.
Deputies used a key provided by Scheibe to unlock the door and they were able to push through the barricade of items, Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma said at a news conference hours after the arrest.
I posted this last night but I feel it ought to be Paged as well:
Florida House panel shoots down bill to repeal ‘Stand Your Ground’ law (VIDEO)
A bill to repeal Florida’s controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law was shot down on Thursday by a panel of state lawmakers.
Before a packed house and after hours of impassioned testimony, the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee rejected the proposal to repeal the state’s self-defense law, which removes ones duty to retreat and allows one to use force, including deadly force, if he/she reasonably believes his/her life is in danger, by a vote of 11-2.
I need to cut ahead a bit here because another bill did pass:
While the panel voted decisively against repealing SYG, it approved another measure that would not subject individuals who fire warning shots to a mandatory-minimum sentencing law known as 10-20-Life (10 for pulling a gun, 20 for shooting it, and life for shooting someone).
The impetus for the measure was a case involving a 31-year-old Jacksonville woman, Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for allegedly firing a warning shot at her husband.
Attorneys for Alexander invoked SYG during the preliminary proceedings but failed to convince a judge that it applied in her case. After refusing a plea deal by prosecutors, Alexander opted to go to trial. A jury took 12 minutes to render a guilty verdict. She was given 20 years.
The panel passed the measure by a vote of 12-1. It will now head to the Florida Legislature to be reviewed by both chambers in March during the 2014 legislative session.
I tend to think this was the right call by the legislature, although I’d like to have seen SYG amended to to make clear that getting out of your vehicle and confronting someone whom you think might be up to know good voids the self-defense provision.
As always, comments welcome.
George Zimmerman nailed a shot-up bullseye to the the wall of his estranged wife’s parents’ home, according to a report from Radar Online about allegations made by Shellie Zimmerman.
Shellie, who filed for divorce in September, says that she found the target at her parents’ home and sent a photo of it to her lawyer with the message, “Look at the subliminal message George sent me.”
A couple of caveats; people in divorces make all sorts of wild allegations against each other so we should take this with a grain of salt. Also, that’s not what subliminal means.
One of the reasons for being glad to be as old as I am is that I may be spared living to see a race war in America. Race wars are often wars in which nobody wins and everybody ends up much worse off than they were before.
Initial skirmishes in that race war have already begun, and have in fact been going on for some years. But public officials pretend that it is not happening, and the mainstream media seldom publish it at all, except in ways that conceal what is really taking place.
For American society, a dangerous polarization has set in. Signs of this polarization over the years include opposite reactions between blacks and whites to verdicts in the O.J. Simpson murder case, the “rape” charges against Duke University students, and trials resulting from the beating of Rodney King and the death of Trayvon Martin.
More dangerous than these highly publicized episodes over the years are innumerable organized and unprovoked physical attacks on whites by young black gangs in shopping malls, on beaches and in other public places all across the country today.
While some of these attacks make it into the media as isolated incidents, the nationwide pattern of organized black on white attacks by thugs remains invisible in the mainstream media, with the notable exception of Bill O’Reilly on the Fox News Channel.
Even when these attacks are accompanied by shouts of anti-white rhetoric and exultant laughter at the carnage, the racial makeup of the attackers and their victims is usually ignored by the media, and public officials often deny that race has anything to do with what happened.
These attacks have sent many people to the hospital, and some have died, but the attacks are often carried out in a festive atmosphere. What are called “troubled youths,” in this and other contexts, are often in fact young people enjoying themselves greatly by creating big trouble for others.
Some of these many attacks are covered in detail in a book titled “White Girl Bleed A Lot” by Colin Flaherty. It was a phrase that I recognized immediately, from my own previous research.
Sowell has endorsed Flaherty’s book:
Reading Colin Flaherty’s book made painfully clear to me that the magnitude of this problem is greater than I had discovered from my own research. He documents both the race riots and the media and political evasions in dozens of cities. – National Review.
So have Alex Jones, Allen West, and Breitbart.com.
“The reason Trayvon Martin died is because he looked a certain way, and it wasn’t based on skin color,” O’Reilly told West on Friday. “If Trayvon Martin had been wearing a jacket like you are and a tie, Mr. West, this evening, I don’t think George Zimmerman would’ve had any problem. But he was wearing a hoodie, and he looked a certain way, and that way is how gangstas look. And therefore he got attention.”
—Bill O’Reilly to Allen West on Friday’s “O’Reilly Factor.”
Accepting the difference between what is legally defensible and what is ethically or morally defensible has been among the biggest challenges for people who believe that George Zimmerman should have been punished for killing Trayvon Martin.
Something just seems amiss when the only person guilty of a crime in connection with the sordid affair is Zimmerman’s 26-year-old wife, Shellie, who pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor perjury after lying to a judge about their assets during a bail hearing last year.
In the same courthouse where her husband was acquitted of second-degree murder, and where she spent every day of his trial sitting behind him in support, she was sentenced to a year of probation and 100 hours of community service. Her husband was nowhere to be seen.
Thursday, in an interview with investigative reporter Christi O’Connor on “Good Morning America,” Shellie Zimmerman said the past year and a half has taken a heavy toll on her.
Her marriage is on shaky ground, and she has feared for her life and been constantly on the move, living like “gypsies,” since her husband killed Martin in February 2012.
O’Connor, who is writing a book about the case, told ABCNews.com that Shellie Zimmerman felt that her self-esteem had been “beaten down” by her husband and that she was looking for a fresh start.
“She has a moment in the spotlight,” O’Connor told ABC News. “She wants everyone to know that she changed her life.”
A nursing student who said she was two months away from receiving her degree, she seems to be taking some positive steps, unlike her clueless husband, whose poor decisions generate headlines wherever he goes. Most recently, it was for visiting the gun factory that made the same type of weapon he used to kill Martin. Shellie said she did not think the visit was “right” or “sensitive.”
And though she has never spoken to Martin’s parents, she said, “I’m so deeply sorry for their loss. I can’t even begin to understand the grief that a parent experiences when they lose a child.”
Shellie Zimmerman, who was originally charged with felony perjury, got into trouble at her husband’s April 20, 2012, bond hearing, when she told the court under oath that she and her husband were indigent. At that time, they had raised many thousands of dollars thanks to a website that solicited money from donors who believed Zimmerman, 29, had acted in self-defense the night he shot the unarmed teenager.
“And you mentioned, also, in terms of the ability of your husband to make a bond amount, that you all had no money, is that correct?” the prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked her.
“To my knowledge, that is correct,” she replied.
Except she was lying.